Maskull Lasserre encourages us to make art, not war, with Beautiful Dreamer. Made to look like authentic hand grenades, Beautiful Dreamer is actually a series of music boxes. The A-Series grenades play “America the Beautiful” while the B-Series grenades play “Beautiful Dreamer.”
But there’s a pleasant, true-to-life twist; each musical grenade can only be discharged and played once. Altogether, Beautiful Dreamer is an ideal example of conceptual protest. With a peace starved world that seems trapped in a nightmare of civil unrest, Lasserre shows us that it doesn’t hurt to dream.